J. R. McGehee, 1954. "Pre-Waterways Paleozoic Stratigraphy of Alberta Plains", Western Canada Sedimentary Basin: A Symposium; Sponsored by the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists, and the Saskatchewan Society of Petroleum Geologists, Leslie M. Clark
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Detailed study based on sample determinations of 12 wells, one of which is in Saskatchewan and 11 in the plains of Alberta shows a sequence of strata of questionable age that is herein referred to as the Elk Point formation. The formation underlies a thick section of Upper Devonian strata and in turn lies on Ordovician, Cambrian, or pre-Cambrian rocks. It generally consists of two conspicuous red shales, anhydritic dolomites, and thin slightly fossiliferous argillaceous silty limestones, in addition to one to three salt members. Maximum thickness of the entire formation is 1,557 (plus or minus) feet. The age of the Elk Point formation is considered Silurian. However, recent evidence suggests at least the upper part of the formation to be Middle Devonian. (On the basis of new evidence, the tentative “Silurian” correlation of the Elk Point formation is abandoned in favor of a Middle Devonian age designation. J.R.M., September, 1952.)
A detailed composite geological log of Elk Point area is presented.
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Western Canada Sedimentary Basin: A Symposium; Sponsored by the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists, and the Saskatchewan Society of Petroleum Geologists
An enormous asymmetric structural and sedimentary basin with the deepest part along the eastern margin of the highly disturbed foothills belt of the Rocky Mountains, the Western Canada sedimentary basin is detailed in this volume. It consists of 30 papers dealing with the petroleum geology of the basin, with most of the papers deal with the area south of the Northwest Territories. The geological history of the area is covered, as well as topics such as: regional stratigraphic analysis, paleontological correlations, structural interpretations, folded faults, and the tar sands of Athabaska River.